Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Boston Pizza In Talks For Coyotes...???

And if that doesn't make any sense, it's because there aren't any in 28 out of the 50 states. But Boston Pizza does exist in Mexico and Canada.

According to the Twitter feed of Jim Treliving, ‏ @JTreliving, he says:

I want to be clear that I am not currently involved in any plan to buy the Coyotes and I do not have any information about their future.

Which could be true on two fronts... if he's not, he's not. And if he is, he can't say because he doesn't want to anger the National Hockey League.

Treliving is the chairman and founder of the chain and is half of T&M Holdings- which has its hands in seven other companies, one of those owns and operates the Central Hockey League.

Mike Sunnucks, over at the Phoenix Business Journal, is now saying Treliving and two other groups are in the bidding for the Phoenix Coyotes- all three would keep the team there.

The second group the HQ will mention is the (former San Jose Sharks CEO) Greg Jamison group- long thought to be the front-runner. According to Sunnucks, Jamison almost had a deal in place, but some investors dropped out and had to be replaced.

The third group is, as of yet, anonymous... which may or may not mean that it's the John Kaites- Jerry Reinsdorf group that has always been interested, but doesn't want to pay for it.

According to Lisa Halverstadt, over at the Arizona Republic, Glendale (AZ) City Manager Ed Beasley thinks one of the above bids (whether Treliving is included in the discussion or not) could be up for public discussion within the month.

Halverstadt also conducted a straw poll with the City Council before a closed-door meeting where Beasley was supposed to update everyone...

A sample:

Mayor Elaine Scruggs: "Nothing is impossible but I can only ask, why are we again in this situation where our backs are against the wall?"

Councilman Phil Lieberman: "I am not (confident) because I believe the deal that will get done will call for massive amounts of money from the city. I will not be in favor of that."

In the interim, as the HQ prepares for the best month of the year, here's what the new owners might be getting...
((HT: Azfamily.com))

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